Protonoceras mitis (Turner, 1937)
(previously known as Archernis mitis)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Bart Hacobian & Stella Crossley

These Caterpillars live communally in a nest made of a cluster of leaves joined together with silk. They have been found on :

  • Poplar ( Populus deltoides, SALICACEAE ),

    and grow to a length of about 2 cms.

    They pupate in a silken web spun between the leaves of the foodplant. The pupae are unusual in that they can make audible stridulatory noises.

    The adult moths are pale brown, with a number of faint darker zig-zag lines across the wings. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.


    This species is found in south-east Asia, including

  • Taiwan,

    as well as the north-east quarter of Australia, including

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 67, 355.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera),
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 48 (1937), p. 84.


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    (updated 13 June 2005)